By Anthony Rhoads
Several area high school basketball players have been nominated for the McDonald's High School All-American High School Team.
The boys nominees from Henry County include Henry County's Herman Mains and Stockbridge's Markel Humphrey.
"I think it's great," Henry County athletic director Chuck Miller said. "It's just a great honor for him."
Mains led Henry County in scoring with 23 points and was the team's leading rebounder with 11 per game while playing at guard. In a game against Lovejoy this year, he scored 23 points and nabbed 22 rebounds.
"I think it's quite an honor," Henry County head coach Clint Satterfield said. "He looked really solid at the AAU national tournament and he's had a good school year. He's a hard worker in the classroom and in practice. He's a good kid and this is a case where it's paid off because of his hard work."
Mains hopes to go play at the collegiate level and has gotten interest from such schools as Austin Peay, Alabama State, Carson-Newman and Winthrop.
"It's special," Mains said. "It only comes once in a lifetime and I want to take advantage of it. Not too many players get to play at the college level."
Humphrey, who has already signed to play at Marshall University, averaged 19.5 points, 9 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 2004-05.
"It's a great honor," Stockbridge head coach Mark Andrews said. "He's an excellent basketball player. Obviously, he's one of the best players in Georgia. It's a great honor for him and a reward for a lot of years of hard work."
Girls' nominees from Henry County this year include Union Grove's Jamilah Sharp and Eagle's Landing's Charmien Martin.
Several players from Clayton County have been nominated including Mundy's Mill's Kent Dorsey, North Clayton's Shaleece Bradberry and Ashley Johnson and Forest Park's Marcquitta Head.